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Baked Butternut Squash Chips

For me, most cooking falls into two categories: quick-and-easy versus food projects. Most of the time, we focus on the quick-and-easy (but still delicious and healthy!) recipes. But sometimes you just want to slow down, enjoy the process, and end up with a delicious and unique treat.

To us, food projects are things like homemade pasta or pickles – activities to pass the time on a weekend or evening with loved ones. These chips fall right into that category, and would be especially great for making with kids!

We picked up a few butternut squashes from the farmer’s market that happened to have the perfect long thin necks for making chips. Using a mandoline to cut the thin slices really speeds up the process, but a sharp knife will do just fine.


The sweetness of the squash balances perfectly with a little bit of grated parmesan. These chips are a great treat, and if you hold yourself back, you can get a couple days worth of lunches out of a batch. Though, being baked and homemade, feel free to eat as many as you like!

Thanks to Homestead Growers for the butternut squash!

Baked Butternut Squash Chips
Note: This recipe uses only the necks of the squash, so you can reserve the base of the squash for a soup or salad.
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 2 butternut squashes with long necks
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
What To Do
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cut the necks of the squashes off of the bases, and peel each neck. Using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice each squash into thin slices, about ⅛th of an inch thick.
  3. Drop the slices into the boiling water and boil for 2 minutes (this allows the squash to become crispy when baked). After 2 minutes, carefully drain and rinse the slices until they are cool to the touch. Pat the slices dry with a towel to remove excess water.
  4. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and place the slices on top, taking care that the slices do not touch. Brush the slices with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, and top with finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake the chips until crispy, about 15-20 minutes. Watch carefully and remove the chips once they turn brown and crispy – the timing for your oven may be shorter or longer. You may need to remove the chips in intervals, depending on the evenness of the slice thickness and oven heat. (Alternatively, you can microwave the chips; each batch takes about 10 minutes on high power.)
  6. Once cooled, store the chips in an airtight container for up to one week.
Adapted from SpicySaltySweet

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  • Reply
    February 8, 2012 at 5:03 am

    These look delicious! I love butternut squash and the idea of turning them into chips sounds so fun. Definitely a great weekend food project :)

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      February 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks! The butternut squash flavor really comes through in the chips – they are quite unique!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    February 8, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Sooo yummy!! Love this idea!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living
    February 8, 2012 at 7:03 am

    LOVE this idea! Butternut squash is a favorite veggie of mine, and enjoying it in crunchy chip form sounds fantastic.

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    Suzanne Krowiak
    February 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This look so good! I’m going to try this soon. I also love to make butternut squash ‘fries’. Peel and cut the squash into the shape of french fries, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake at 400 degrees until browned and crisped to your liking. (can turn it up to 425 degrees at the end to crisp a little more.) So good. And the leftovers re-heat well in the toaster oven.

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      February 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Those sound good to! Do they get crisp all the way through?

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    Laura {gourmettenyc}
    February 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    These butternut squash chips look very tasty. Next time I make butternut squash (which will be soon), I’m using this recipe!

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    Skinny Fat Kid
    February 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I made roasted butternut squash last night, but always find myself wrestling with it to cut it up. I think I need a mandolin!

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      February 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      They are pretty fun! We don’t use it every day, but when we do it is SO worth it.

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    Christi's Chirps
    February 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    These look AMAZING! The perfect crispy snack! And topped with freshly grated Parmesan! PERFECT. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

    Happy Wednesday!

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    February 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

    These look fantastic! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to bake squash chips before – brilliant.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    February 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    How fun! I love that you tossed a lil Parm in there. Awesome!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    February 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This is SUCH an awesome idea! They look delicious, especially with Parmesan over top. Can’t wait to get a butternut squash to try this out :D

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    Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic}
    February 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Yay, I was waiting for this! Peeling those squashes is a pain in the butt, but it is worth it. Such a great flavor. Thanks for sharing!

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      February 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Peeling butternut squash is much easier, I’ve found, if I use a flat cheese slicer. It goes pretty quickly :).

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    February 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    This is such an awesome idea–definitely pinning it! I didn’t realize that you could bake butternut squash and actually get it to crisp up like this. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

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    Em (Wine and Butter)
    February 9, 2012 at 3:04 am

    These look amazing!! I love veggie chips but had never heard of making with butternut squash! Usually with squash I just split, bake and top with cheese – but maybe I should branch out a bit! LOVE squash so much!

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    February 10, 2012 at 7:29 am

    What a fantastic “chip”!!! I love this!

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    February 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve had mixed results with baking butternut chips. I’ll have to try the par-boiling step next time. Thanks for the tip!

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    Brooke Goodyear
    February 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Love these and the kids loved these! I made these twice using different type oils just to see the difference. I used Butter flavored Grapeseed oil the second time because it has so much higher of a cooking temp. Olive oil burns off once you start cooking it above around 170 degrees and it even let’s off cancerous smoke. Grapeseed oil can withstand up to 450 degrees. My chips turned out so more flavorful and crispy using the Grapeseed oil. Just a tip for any high tip cooking.

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking)
    February 23, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I like the sound of baked butternut chips!

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    Kitchen Ninja
    February 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I am SO looking forward to trying these. I bet I could do these in the dehydrator as well (although they’d be slightly less crispy). Thanks for the great idea!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    February 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Repinned! Thanks for the great looking chips and the exact method you used!

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    March 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    When I’ve tried making veggie chips they usually turn rubbery in the middle and almost burned on the edges. So I’m going to try the par-boiling! do you think the boiling it will work with potatoes and turnips? That’s what’s in my fridge at the moment and I need to use them up!
    Thanks for the post!

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      March 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      I have definitely seen people use this method for potato fries. I’m not sure about turnips — but it can’t hurt to try!

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    March 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Help! I love this idea, but when I par-boiled they all fell apart. What am I doing wrong? Boil too long, to short, cutting to think or thin? I’d appreciate any tips!

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      March 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Oh no! I think that they probably got boiled to long. You just want to keep them in the water long enough to remove some starch — but not so much that they get mushy. Maybe they were too thin, also?

      I’m worried that different ages and varieties of butternut squash may require fine tuning. I know from the baking side that they all require lots of attention!

      Good luck – hope they work out for you!

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    March 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I recently made baked parnsip chips and they turned out pretty good — can’t wait to try these!

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    March 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    A mandolin is great but watch your fingers. I was making slices really fast and sliced the side of my thumb.

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    June 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Oh my gosh these are SO good!! I cut mine a little thick so they took a really long time to bake but they will satisfy any chip craving and so much healthier! Thanks for the recipe!

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    June 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve tried making these twice, with the boiling and without, but I can’t get the squash and zucchini to get crispy. They are soft in the middle but start to burn on the outside, and I have to keep them in the oven for about an hour for this to happen. What could be wrong? I don’t think it’s my oven because I have no problems when cooking anything else. Thanks.

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      June 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      That’s weird! Sorry they didn’t work out. Did you pat them dry after the boil? The only other thing I can think of is that they might be too thick. I’m sorry! :(

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    July 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Yum, Alex. Thanks so much for posting this amazing-looking chip recipe. Being on low carb, and wanting to stay thin, this will help. : ) Will try this weekend.

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    July 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    These are delicious! I made them to go along with our dinner. I had to cook them for a little longer than 20 minutes to get them crispy, but they were great! Definitely going to make again. =)

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    CJ @ Morsels of Life
    October 2, 2012 at 6:38 am

    These chips look great, especially with a bit of cheese on top! I’ll have to give them a try. :)

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    November 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I just made this with my daughter.. great (easy!) cooking project together!! I used a pesto w/ olive oil to brush on the chips instead of plain olvie oil.. delish!! I could not get the crispy-ness just right, some got burnt, others were still soft, but they tasted good jst the same!

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      November 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Great! Pesto olive oil sounds delicious. We did find that some chips took a bit longer than others; hopefully you got mostly crisp and not so many burnt :) Thanks for writing!

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    January 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Sounds so good, going to try these today!

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    January 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmm going to try tonight

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    January 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    De-lish…. Had to cook much longer almost 45 mins but so so so good

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    September 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

    These are so good. thank you. It takes less than 10 min. in my microwave, so it’s best to keep an eye on them.

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    September 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Lovely idea, thanks. I couldn’t get them to crisp despite trying boiled ones and non-boiled ones. I’ve found the best way to cook potato chips is 15 mins at 150°C, turn them and give them another 15 mins at 150°C and then 10 mins at 175°C (keeping an eye on them in case they’re ready sooner). So I’m going to try that way with your squash & parmesan chips idea. It stops the burnt flavours from coming in.

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    Tiffany Merritt
    October 6, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Looks so yummy! Wanted to let you know that I’m doing a round up of recipes that I can’t wait to try in the near future, and I’d like to include this one. I will be listing the name of your recipe, linked back to your site, as well as your site name. A photo will bein a collage format only, so that your picture cannot be “swiped” from my site. And there will be no information about the ingredients or recipe steps so that readers must come visit you if they want to know how to make it! This will go live on the 13th; please do let me know if you don’t want me to link to you for some reason. I hope it brings you a lot of traffic!

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      October 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Sounds fine to us – thanks for asking!

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    October 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Just made them. Need to tweek to your own standards. Had the same issues others had. Think next time I will fry :/

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    November 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Can you recommend a dip to make to go with them. I want to take them as an appetizer to Thanksgiving get together.

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    January 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I have a question you may be able to answer for me that has absolutely NOTHING to do with this recipe. At Christmas, I decided to make a vegetarian version of a salad recipe I used to make before several of us were vegetarian. It calls for Jell-O. Since Jell-O is not vegetarian, I purchased a product that is supposed to be a vegetarian substitute for the gelatin. Well, it did NOT set up very well. The salad was a bust! Is there a vegetarian version for gelatin that will ACT like Jell-O? Thanks!!

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    February 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    The pictures looks fabulous. yummy butternut squash chips is something I need to try in weekend :)

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    September 28, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Oh my gosh you saved my life. Where were you all this time? These taste so good! I’m on a no bread diet and this was just so awesome ^_^ I needed something to dip with.

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